Srinagar, Feb 16: A group of stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramullah district on Friday attacked security forces engaged in a gunfight with militants, giving the militants a scope to escape.
Earlier in the day, the security personnel had cordoned off Palhalan area for searches following reports that a group of militants was holed up there.
When the cordon was tightened, the hiding militants fired at the security forces triggering the gunfight, new agency IANS quoted the police was saying.
There was a brief exchange of gunfire between the security personnel and terrorists before the stone pelting youth engaged the forces in clashes.
As the security personnel used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters, informed sources said the hiding militants managed to escape.
However, an official An official confirmation is awaited on whether the operation has been called off or still underway.